Course Overview



This course will be held again on
November 8-10, 2018.

Information contained in this site is for the 2017 program.
Information for the 2018 program coming soon.


State-of-the-Art Practices to Identify Neurological Emergencies and Optimize Patient Outcomes

This special 3-day CME program provides optimized approaches and tools to:

  • Rapidly evaluate high-frequency symptoms and high-risk neurological conditions and identify neurological emergencies
  • Act in the first hours
  • Manage coma and delirium
  • Diagnose dizziness at the bedside and determine if it is stroke, neuritis, or BPPV
  • Perform therapeutic maneuvers with the dizzy patient
  • Optimize your use of CT, CTA, MRI: When to order. How to read. How to act on results.
  • Use the focused history and physical to determine which patients with headache or minor head injury require neuroimaging or further workup
  • Identify stroke patients for intra-arterial therapy
  • Manage head injuries, from concussion to critical care management of TBI
  • Spot the history and physical examination “red flags” in patients presenting with back pain


This program summarizes the state-of-the-art, evidence-based workup and management procedures to help frontline providers—clinicians who work in Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Critical Care and Trauma, Hospital Medicine, Urgent Care, and Internal/Family Medicine—to quickly identify a neurological emergency and take appropriate measures when you find it.

As an attendee, you will improve your diagnosis and management of:

High-Frequency Symptoms
  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Delirium
  • Weakness
High-Risk Conditions
  • Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Subdural hematoma
  • TIA
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Concussion and TBI


Every year there is a vast amount of practice-changing literature impacting diagnosis of neurological conditions and next steps to take when you have identified a neurological emergency. These important updates include newer approaches to the history, the physical, and early management.

Led by top clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School, this course ensures participants are current with these updates and prepared to:

  • Quickly and accurately diagnose and identify a neurological emergency
  • Better understand and optimize utilization of neuroimaging tests
  • Provide the appropriate care and optimize patient outcomes in emergency, inpatient, and outpatient settings

The program is unique in that it:

  • Consolidates best practices in the workup of common neurological complaints
  • Provides tips that you can immediately put into practice
  • Lays out algorithms for common complaints such as headache, dizziness, back pain, and visual problems
  • Delivers guidance for stroke and cerebrovascular episodes, including first hours of workup, the NIH Stroke Scale, tips for rapid neuroimaging and treatment (including new data on intra-arterial therapy), and best practices in risk management
  • Features a cutting-edge program on head injury, from concussion to critical care management of TBI
  • Lets you customize your learning experience to align with your specific practice needs

New in 2017 is dedicated education to:

  • Avoid misdiagnosis
  • Improve risk management
  • Optimize patient safety
  • Better understand and mitigate liability